Radcliffe Expects Slightly Smaller Freshman Class

Admissions Dean Predicts About 275 Entrants in Fall

The Radcliffe Committee on Admissions mailed out letters of acceptance to the class of 1961 yesterday, Miss Constance E. Ballou, dean of admissions, has announced. She said that the college expects approximately 275 students to accept membership in next fall's freshman class.

The committee will not disclose how many applicants were accepted nor the total number of applications the college received. Miss Ballou said, however, that Radcliffe may reconsider its policy on withholding statistics on acceptances, since many other schools, including Harvard, do release this information.

The incoming freshman class will be slightly smaller than the current freshman class, which began with approximately 290 members. Shortage of housing, due in part to the small size of this year's graduating class, necessitated the reduction in the size of the entering class.

Despite housing difficulties, Miss Ballou asserted that, unlike Harvard, Radcliffe will not require any freshman to commute unless she has requested to do so.

Although a smaller incoming class has been accepted, applications to Radcliffe this year were seven percent greater than the previous year, Miss Ballou disclosed last month.